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Yara, officially the Republic of Yara (Spanish: República de Yara) is a sovereign state located in the heart of the Caribbean and the main setting of Far Cry 6. Yara is a tropical island with a diverse geographic environment, consisting of sandy beaches, inland jungles, rocky mountains and sprawling cities and villages. The largest city and capital of Yara is Esperanza, located at the northern point of the island. The country is considered a fascist state under a military junta led by Antón Castillo.[1] The Yaran military under Castillo’s regime is the Fuerzas Nacionales de Defensa. The national anthem of Yara is Himno Nacional Yarano.

Past of Yara

Yara was previously considered a prosperous and peaceful nation.[2] In 1967 , a revolution occurred, when the father of Antón Castillo was El Presidente. The revolution and military coup that resulted in Antón's father being executed right before his eyes. In the 47 years that followed, Yara experienced economic decline, political and social instability and growing national debt. Eventually, Antón himself was elected El Presidente, on the promise of rebuilding Yara.[3] However, Antón soon cracked down on political dissent, fundamental freedoms and democracy in the country, with anyone who dared to speak out against his methods or regime being sent into forced labor camps.

Economics

Yara has suffered under international economic sanctions for decades, leaving it stuck in the past technologically, and its people impoverished and divided. Under the leadership of Antón Castillo this has only been exacerbated leading to a tightening of control (“iron grip”) on the island.[4] In addition, Yaran Pesos are considered worthless on the global exchange market by 2021.[5]

Politics

Yara had previously been a democratic state, under a presidential republic system, however after the election of Castillo as President many of these institutions were reformed or banned, elections were no longer fair nor free and the military took a central role in Yaran political and social life.

Castillo began to structure his new state informed along the principles of fascism (conservative authoritarianism) with full power vested in him under the state’s military junta as “El Presidente” (Spanish: The President).

Castillo also began to groom his son, Diego Castillo, when he was 11-12 years old to succeed him as the President of Yara. Demonstrating his ambitions to start a line of hereditary leadership in the state.

Yaran Cabinet

Yara's cabinet is composed of numerous Ministries, which work under Anton Castillo. The most important and well-known of these is the Ministry of Culture, led by María Marquessa. However, other Ministries are mentioned, most notably on billboards.

Here are the known Ministries:

  • Ministry of Culture (Lead by María Marquessa)
  • Ministry of the Navy (Lead by Admiral Aña Benítez)
  • Ministry of Agriculture
  • Ministry of Sport
  • Ministry of Food, Import, Export, and Distribution of Firearms
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Reconstruction


Modern-day

Antón and his son, Diego, began a bloody and oppressive campaign in an attempt to restore Yara to its former glory. Antón has enforced sanctions in Yara and limited trade with foreign nations, deployed the Yaran military throughout the nation to carry out his plans and keep citizens in check, and restricted mobility within the country through controlled checkpoints. In addition to this, in order to make the country more appealing to foreign investment and to bypass international sanctions, the Castillo regime has begun research into an anti-cancer drug known as Viviro, produced from Yara's tobacco plantations. To help distribute Viviro globally, the Castillo regime has sought the assistance of Canadian business magnate Sean McKay to manage Viviro exports overseas. However, the production of Viviro relies on slave labor in the form of Yara's poor forced to work in tobacco plantations, and it is implied that Viviro's success rate in mitigating cancer is dubious at best. The excessive abuses and brutality of Castillo regime sparks a revolution in Yara again, led by various groups of guerrillas who oppose Antón, especially the Libertad.

Future

  • If Dani Rojas joins Libertad, Castillo regime would rapidly collapse within the later half of 2021. Unfortunately, Libertad leader Clara García dies before the work is done. Without her leadership, Libertad and other guerillas cannot hold the country together, Yara became unstable as remnants of Yaran military refuse to surrender, continue abusing civilians and fighting against Libertad across the country. The remnants of Yaran military often form insurgencies and seizing back control of certain unstable areas.

In this case, Yara become an unstable failed state just as Antón Castillo predicted, as the Libertads would most likely repeats the same mistakes of 1967 revolution, which once again plunging Yara into economic decline as they do not seemed to know how to manage the country after their successful revolution, worse, unable to stabilize the country as insurgencies continue wrecking havoc.

  • If Dani Rojas takes the boat to leave Yara and live in the US, it's unknown what would happen to Yara, all that can be heard are: three months after Dani's departure, Yara is still under Castillo's regime. The Yaran military, or at least their special forces, are still active. Antón managed to live on for 3 more months, claiming that his special forces killed Clara Garcia and that "war is ending in Yara." Whether that is true or not is left unverified due to Castillo's regime's tight censorship. The war is not over yet, so Libertad and other factions must still be around. The fate of numerous people in Yara are left unknown.

Locations

Yara is divided into 5 main regions which are further divided into smaller districts, referred to in-game as Provinces. Within Provinces, road signs and painted rocks mark the borders of the even smaller Municpalities. These regions are each controlled by important figures of the FND.

Trivia

  • Inspiration for Yara was taken from Cuba.[6]
    • The capital city of Esperanza shares many aesthetic similarities to Havana, the capital of Cuba.
    • Tobacco is an important export of Yara, much like Cuba in the real world. Cuban cigars are prized throughout the world for their quality.
    • The business relationship between Canadian national Sean McKay and the Castillo regime echoes how Canada in the real world has open economic relations with Cuba, in contrast to the United States-backed embargo of the island.
    • Vintage American cars can be found all over Yara, similar to how Cuba relies on 1950s-era American cars for transport.
    • In contrast to Cuba, which is officially a left-wing regime in the modern day, Yara appears to be a right-wing dictatorship similar to the historical regimes of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic and Augusto Pinochet in Chile. In reality, Cuba prior to the 1960s was run by a right-wing dictator, Fulgencio Batista. however, Yara has propaganda similar to communism and has very little ties to the United States.
      • It should be noted however, that the main ending of Far Cry 6 implies that the overthrowing group will also end up being dictatorial, so Yara ends up in a similar state to modern Cuba regardless.
      • The regime was more similar to that of North Korea from having Diego be the successor to the presidency and Burma under the leadership of Min Aung Hliang that can order soldiers to shoot people who oppose.
  • Yara does NOT replace Cuba which has already existed in the game, implying that the two countries are simply in the same Caribbean region.
  • Yara suffers the same fate as Kyrat after the revolution as the rebels are no better than the dictators, they trying to overthrow.
  • National Anthem is Himno Nacional Yarano made by Ubisoft music.

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References

  1. Far Cry 6 Leak: Release Date Seemingly Revealed, Confirms Giancarlo Esposito As Villain
  2. Far Cry 6 Website
  3. Far Cry 6 Introduction: "Yara is an island in the heart of the Caribbean
    In 1967, a guerrilla revolution led to a crippling blockade
    Frozen in time for 47 years, the island collapsed into poverty
    Until a new leader was elected with a cure to "Rebuild Paradise"

    El Presidente of Yara, Antón Castillo"
  4. Everything We Know About Far Cry 6
  5. Mr. McKay: "Uh FYI, Yaran Pesos are so worthless on the global exchanges right now. I'm basically buying my freedom for the cost of a double-double."
  6. Far Cry 6 Dev Explains The New Politically-Charged Setting
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